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Meaning of dysphemism

dys•phe•mism

Pronunciation: (dis'fu-miz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. the substitution of a harsh, disparaging, or unpleasant expression for a more neutral one.
  2. an expression so substituted.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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